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Cargo review: Vikrant Masseys sci-fi flick is innovative and worth a watch

Vikrant Massey in a sill from 'Cargo'

Vikrant Massey in a sill from ‘Cargo’

Director: Arati Kadav

Producers: Navin Shetty, Shlok Sharma, Arati Kadav and Anurag Kashyap

Starring: Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi, Nandu Madhav, Konkana Sen Sharma

Streaming Platform: Netflix 
Cargo is a grounded shoe-string budgeted sci-fi movie with astronomical agendas and aspirations. Arati Kadav, the debutant director holds on to her own and punches way above her weight not only with limited constraining resources but she skillfully scrapes well with inconsistent rise and ebb of the plotted story, albeit her own.

It is year 2027, Vikrant Massey is Prahastha, a homo-demon who receives dead people referred to as Cargo? in his space ship 634A. Prahastha is an ultra-modern take on mythical Yamraj, the harbinger of death – with a subtlest of reference on his coffee cup – a bull, the preferred vehicle of the Lord of Death. 

His job for years has been the same where he acts to receive, heals them with his tacky contraption of a device and then erases every bit of the subjects memory only to be then sent back again to life from where they arrived. The motto of IPSO (Inter Planetary Space Organization) is Let us make afterlife better. 

Prashatha is an epitome of loneliness and aloofness; nothing ever moves him. He goes through his tasks like a humanoid in a very non-chalant way. The only connect he has with the world down there is Nitigya (Nandu Madhav), who is a man made up of more pixels and sound bites than flesh and blood. He is 634As bridge to the planet earth.

Enter Yuvishka Shekhar (ShwetaTripathi), a college topper with a sprightly and spirited attitude towards both personal and professional life. She is exact opposite of Prahastha – he is dull and dreary, she is dandy and dramatic; he is monotonous and mechanical, she is lively and emotional; he is unsocial and avoids internet, she is affable and has foot prints all over web; he avoids company, she looks for one. 

She goes about her task of doing the same routine, which he went through, in a more involved and invested ways. She possesses the special gift of healing? people of their aches, pains, agony and injury. She unearths the letters-written-but-never-sent and forcefully establishes the connect between Prahastha and her erstwhile non-recipient of those unsent mails, Mandakini – played by Konkana Sen Sharma in a cameo and in her usual fine fettle. 

Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tiwari are a hoot, but somehow the characters are not well-done, they are like Nitigyas super power, he can vanish and go invisible 87% of himself. Their characters are cast in the same mold where they lack the nerves and sinews to move and some certain percentage of their character always stays uncooked and underdeveloped.

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The movie is made with limited budget and it shows in the way – the whole sci-fi ultra-modern spaceship and its attendant consoles and monitors are depicted. It looks a deliberate attempt to showcase the frugal Shaktimanseque? tacky sets. But this never jars the rhyme and rhythm of the narrative – it plays strongly and the message is driven home in more ways than one. 

It questions our daily grind for more, it puts us humans in race with demons, whom we keep dissing but in the end the lines gets blurred and the humans end up playing demons and demons deals disarmingly with dead. It interrogates us mankind and demands answers to our very own existential purpose. 

Cargo is an honest attempt to unravel the futility and finality of fatal human existence; it uses death as a metaphor to hammer home the point. We are in a never ending karmic cycle of materialistic and emotional attachments; there is sly underhand humor at play. The pace is slow and steady; few set pieces do not fit in and could have been sacrificed at editing table. 

Take twenty minutes of it and it goes terse and taut. The work is highly contextual in this pandemic scenario where what we are doing and why is being asked from every nook and corner. No, it neither answers any of these nor makes an attempt to do so, but it raises right questions and issues humankind needs to ponder. 

Permanence is one such riddle that it throws up. The movie could have been more gripping and engrossing but for the sedating sideshows, which never add to anything other than the ordeal and length. All said, Cargo is not that agile and moves in varying pace – at times swift and at times like a snail. However, it reaches where it intends to. Go for it, if you like slow burn cinema that is serene and subtle.

Rating: 3 on 5


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BREAKING: Nitin Gadkari dropped from BJP’s most powerful body ‘Parliamentary Board’

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

In a major organisational shuffle, the BJP on Wednesday dropped the names of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from the party’s highest organisation body – ‘Parliamentary Board.’

The names of former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Sarbananda Sonowal, Iqbal Singh Lalpura, Satyanarayan Jatiya, K Lakshman, and Sudha Yadav have been included in the party’s parliamentary board.

While Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Om Mathur and Bhupender Yadav have been made members of BJP’s Central Election Committee, Union Minister Shahnawaz Hussain’s name has been dropped from the same.

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Raju Shrivastava struggles for life, continues to be unconscious for 48 hours

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
Popular stand-up comedian Raju Shrivastava suffered a mild heart attack on Wednesday morning while working out at a gym in New Delhi.

Raju Shrivastava

India’s leading stand-up comedian Raju Shrivastava has not regained consciousness for past 48 hours as he has been struggling for life at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.

He was admitted to the hospital, after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest while running on the treadmill in a gym on Wednesday. His condition remains to be critical as his brain has got damaged due to the heart attack. He underwent angioplasty, after which he hasn’t regained consciousness till now.

Comedian Ahsaan Qurehshi said, “The doctors have asked to wait and watch as he is under observation in the ICU. A few hours ago, the doctors shared that Raju made some slight movements but his brain isn’t functioning completely and is unresponsive.”

The 59-year-old comedian suffered a mild heart attack on Wednesday morning while working out at a gym in New Delhi. His team confirmed the same while saying, “Raju sir suffered a mild heart attack while working out. He is admitted to AIIMS, but he is doing fine. He is conscious.”

Reportedly Raju felt uncomfortable and collapsed while running on a treadmill in a South Delhi gym. He was immediately rushed to AIIMS.

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Ranveer Singh nude photoshoot: Complaint filed against actor for ‘hurting sentiments of women’

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Mumbai
Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh recently broke the internet when pictures of his nude photoshoot for a magazine surfaced on social media.

A complaint has been filed with Mumbai Police against Ranveer Singh due to his nude photoshoot

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh recently broke the internet when pictures of his nude photoshoot for a magazine surfaced on social media. While many criticized the actor for the photoshoot, several celebs and netizens came in support of Ranveer’s bold move.

It is now being reported that a complaint has been filed against the actor with Mumbai Police for ‘hurting sentiments of women’ with the photoshoot.

A part of the complaint read, “Last week, we saw many nude photographs were clicked in such a manner that any make or female will feel ashamed about it.”

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The complains further read: “These kinds of acts should be opposed strongly, as it is not being opposed then second and third rank actors will also follow the same path for getting cheap publicity which will result in a worst condition. This act of the accused person created shame in the eyes of the women at large and publishing and transmitting sexually explicit material.”

The complaint has been filed against Ranveer under section 67A of the IT Act along with sections 292, 293, 354 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code for hurting sentiments and insult the modesty of women.

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